by Lisa Tome
As an elementary school student, Levi Moss participated in the annual Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Now that he's in high school, he's still raising money for that organization.
But instead of jumping rope, he's shooting hoops.
For the first time ever, Perryville High School hosted Hoops for Heart last week. That event builds awareness among students about the American Heart Association, the services they provide, and the important role of exercise in maintaining a healthy heart. It also raises funds.
Moss was the school's top fundraiser for Hoops for Heart, raking in $250. "It's good for everyone to do something like this. My dad and aunt are avid donors and they donated. Just asking people didn't take much effort," said Moss, who hopes to participate in Hoops for Heart again next year.
Gabby Frazier, like Moss, is a freshman at the school. She collected about $200 for Hoops for Heart. Frazier said she got support from her family members including her mother who works as a nurse practitioner in Alaska.
Phys Ed teacher Carly Middlemiss explained how the fundraiser works. Any student who raised at least $10 got the chance to play Hoops for Heart. That consisted of three on three, an obstacle course, foul shot competition, and a knockout basketball game. Middlemiss also said that instead of it being a physical education activity, it also included student requirements for service learning.
Gina Pucci, who also teaches at the school, and worked to make Hoops for Heart a success, said the school also allowed online donations. That helped put one class ahead of the others with 21 students combined raising $493. "We raised over $1,200 online and have tons of cash coming in," said Pucci. "Including service learning made it more of a whole school event."
Pucci also said the school hopes to make this an annual event. They also had a competition against Rising Sun High's Hoops for Heart to add even more fun and school spirit to the event.
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